Computational Algebraic Statistics

December 14 to 18, 2003

at the

American Institute of Mathematics, Palo Alto, California

organized by

Jesus A. De Loera, Steven Fienberg, Serkan Hosten, Alan Karr, and Bernd Sturmfels

This workshop, sponsored by AIM and the NSF, will bring together researchers in the emerging field of computational algebraic statistics. This new field applies methods of computational algebra and discrete geometry to problems in multivariate analysis, experimental design, probability theory, and disclosure limitation. The interaction of these areas has led, for instance, to the algebraic geometry of hierarchical models and Bayesian networks. The workshop will be a springboard for new ideas to expand the frontiers in computing Groebner bases in the context of algebraic statistics, counting lattice points in polytopes, and optimally disseminating massive data while preserving confidentiality.

The main topics for the workshop are

The workshop will differ from typical conferences in some regards. Participants will be invited to suggest open problems and questions before the workshop begins, and these will be posted on the workshop website. These include specific problems on which there is hope of making some progress during the workshop, as well as more ambitious problems which may influence the future activity of the field. Lectures at the workshop will be focused on familiarizing the participants with the background material leading up to specific problems, and there will be ample time between talks for discussions and for work to be done.

Invited participants include E. Allman, S. Aoki, J. De Loera, P. Diaconis, I. Dinwoodie, S. Fienberg, J. Forster, L. Garcia, E. Gamundi, S. Hosten, A. Karr, S. Kuhnt, R. Laubenbacher, F. Matus, C. Meek, S. Onn, G. Pistone, J. Rhodes, E. Riccomagno, D. Richards, A. Rinaldo, S. Roehrig, M.-P. Rogantin, K. Sellers, A. Slavkovic, R. Steele, M. Stillman, B. Sturmfels, S. Sullivant, A. Takemura, H. Wynn, and R. Yoshida.

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